My velvet escape travel tip” is a guest series about what the name ‘Velvet Escape’ evokes and what that would be in the hometown of the guest writer. With this series, I hope to uncover travel tips from places around the world to help visitors have a truly local experience.

Velvet Escape – the name sounds perfectly suited for a show horse, be it a hunter/jumper, dressage horse or a beloved pony. With their velvet soft muzzles and ears, horses remind me of velvet and horseback riding is the perfect escape for this equestrian. Let’s go on a Velvet Escape to Fort Bragg, a couple of miles from Mendocino in northern California.

Nancy horseback Mendocino You’ll need a car to get to Mendocino and Fort Bragg from San Francisco. I must warn you that the road to Mendocino and Fort Bragg is windy. If you are prone to carsickness, hop in the driver’s seat and take in the awesome scenery and saltwater smells of the Pacific Ocean.

Once you arrive in the charming village of Mendocino, you’ll have many lodging options. Two of my personal favorites are Alegria Oceanfront Inn and MacCallum House. Both of these properties offer horseback riding packages that partner with Ricochet Ridge Ranch in Fort Bragg.

Once you arrive at the ranch, you’ll take in the sights, smells and sounds. Horse lovers know what I’m talking about; the smell of fresh alfalfa hay in the feed bins; the feel of the well worn leather as you settle into the saddle and grasp the reins.

What’s unique about a riding experience at Ricochet Ridge Ranch is Mendocino County’s geography. Riders can select from an ocean ride, forested trek in the redwoods or combine the two. The horses pick up their pace when the sea salt hits their nostrils. The ocean waves crashing in the distance tells them that they are almost at the beach and soon will be able to stretch their legs.

If you are looking for scenic views high above the trees, owner Lari Shea has established long-time relationships with neighboring ranches, allowing her horses’ access to fern and tree lined trails that will connect you with your spirit. Bring your camera, this Velvet Equestrian Escape will not disappoint.

About this week’s guest writer
Nancy D Brown Nancy D. Brown is a professional travel writer and blogger at What a Trip. A third generation Californian, Brown loves horseback riding and has created Writing Horseback to combine her love of travel with her passion for horseback riding. When she’s not traveling, she lives in Northern California with her husband, two teenagers and a yellow Labrador.

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